For 27 years I hid a part of me and kept it deep down inside. It took me a long time to truly love who I am and be proud of myself. I came out last year as gay and it was the hardest thing I ever had to do but also the greatest thing I have ever done. I always hear the saying but I really did feel a weight lift off my shoulders and I felt free from the prison I put myself in. I am so thankful to have such loving and supportive family and friends! As I celebrate #Pride today, I just wanted to share my story not just for me but to hopefully help someone else and that it is ok to be who you are and to be proud! With that I want to talk about humanity as a whole. No matter who you are everyone needs to just be kind to one another, to help each other and lift each other up because we are all we have. We are only here for a short time so instead of spreading hate...spread the LOVE! 🧡
— #HMxMe#HMman#PrideOutLoud • by @ashaleeee_aa
Happy June! My personal queer history in 30 days.
Day 20: My first gay teen book: Annie on My Mind published in 1982.
I wasn't a teen when I read this book (I was 23) but I had never seen a gay teen book before. I was surprised that it had been published 10 years earlier! I loved it!
In the 80s and 90s it was banned and burned but it has never gone out of print! We will not go away!